21 August, Sunday — Staying faithful

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 66:18-21
Heb 12:5-7,11-13

Lk 13:22-30

They will proclaim my glory to the nations.

Christians are to radiate the love of God to those around us. This can become very difficult because of the challenges that life throws us. I have found it very challenging in these past few days, to handle the different demands of work; but happily enough, the greater the challenge, the more I discover about the need to totally rely on Jesus.

Having been a cradle Catholic, I have heard the need to pray every day. There are days where I find it difficult to pray. However, my attitude to prayer changed when I heard somebody mention that the frequency of prayer should be similar to how often I charge my mobile phone. That remark gave me pause for thought. It made me appreciate that if I could spend so much time to charge my communication device, maybe I should also spend the same amount of time to communicate to God to maintain the sanity of my soul.

One of the joys of being a godparent is the opportunity to share the gift of faith to my godchild. In this process, I have realised that I have been neglecting my prayer life, and that I should also begin to restart my prayer life in a more fervent manner. This has been an important discovery for me — prayer is maintaining communication with God and this means that Jesus holds the clue to our lives.

I have found prayer to be able to invigorate me and make me handle the demands of my life. Indeed, I often wonder why I expend so much nervous energy during the day at work when actually, it really does not matter in the end. What matters in the end is the desire to remain faithful to Jesus. From this belief will flow out all the true and faithful intentions of why I am working.

With Jesus in our lives, our actions and words will proclaim God’s glory to the people around us. Evangelisation is the call for each one of us to reach out to others who have not had the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus in their lives. May each one of us find an opportunity to pray today, for the strength to spread the God’s joy to our lives.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Jesus, let us remain faithful to your in prayer and word.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for the faith of God in our lives.

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